New Mexico is facing a big hole in the budget in 2015. This legislator wants to plug it with pot. Is he right?

History will look back on 2014 as a “watershed” year for marijuana, many political scientists believe.   Colorado led the nation with the first legal recreational marijuana sales in January, followed by votes at the end of the year in Alaska and Oregon to follow suit. And voters expressed overwhelming support for most marijuana ballot questions across the country, including two here in New Mexico. With Colorado pulling in a reported $30,000,000 in new revenues from its first year of taxed-and-regulated pot, legislators in other states are looking to marijuana as a new crop of revenue to fund previously underfunded programs like education and expand a state’s economic base. Acting on a resolution passed by the state legislature in 2014, New Mexico’s Legislative Council Service is expected to release a study in early 2015 analyzing the fiscal impacts of legalization in Colorado.

Groups to rally with Cong. Michelle Lujan Grisham, retirees and union leaders against Medicare cuts

This note from our friends at NMARA about proposed cuts to Medicaid in the conservative budget before Congress:
Once again, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a budget that would turn Medicare into “coupon-care.” Congresswoman Lujan Grisham, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, organization partners and local residents who depend upon Medicare will speak out about the effect these cuts would have on them and on communities in New Mexico.WHO:     Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham                 Ladonna Harris, Member, NCPSSM Board of Directors and President, Americans for Indian Opportunity                 Carter Bundy, AFSCME Political Director                 Don Manning, ARA Senior Representative                 Mandy Pino, Gray Panthers                 Rose Shaw, AlbuquerqueWHEN:   Thursday, April 24th at 11:30 A.M.WHERE: AFSCME Hall Council 18                 1202 Pennsylvania St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Read more:  Rally Against Medicare Cuts ABQ

Democrats go after Pearce for votes against airports and jobs across CD2

Southern New Mexico’s congressman, Steve Pearce, keeps bending over backwards to vote against important programs, jobs and funding for his own constituents.  This time Democrats called him out for his votes against critical airports and the jobs that go with them across CD2:
APR 15, 2014

New details have surfaced about Congressman Pearce’s misguided budget – and it’s bad news for southern New Mexicans. Congressman Pearce’s budget would end the federal program that ensures the Cavern City Air Terminal and Grant County Airport will continue to offer access to commercial flights.